Thursday, May 21, 2015

News Release - Winnipeg Police Service

Winnipeg Police Service

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Project Comet- West District Members To Be Out In The River Heights Area
On Friday, May 22, 2015, members of the West District Station will be out in the River Heights area.  Officers will be going door to door, speaking with residents, in their continuing effort to reduce home & vehicle break-ins, vehicle thefts and vandalism which continue to be of concern to area residents.
The messaging we will be sharing applies to all residents and focuses on some of the basic steps we can all take to deter unscrupulous criminals.

  • Be Mindful of Crimes of Opportunity - As the weather warms, many citizens choose to sleep with their windows open for fresh air or to cool off for those residences without air conditioning. 

    Citizens may either forget to close the window or choose to leave it open while they are away during the day.  This provides an opportunity for criminals to gain access to residences creating greater opportunity for a potential break-in.

    It's important to remember that your front door is locked if and when you are working in your yard, ensure that your shed and or garage is locked when you are not in the immediate area.

    Each year, police receive numerous reports of thefts from residences that occur while the resident is working in their yard and someone enters through unlocked doors or windows.  The suspect then steals wallets, purses or personal items from the residence.

    The more proactive we can be in discouraging criminal activity, the less likely we are to become victims of crime.

  • Consider Your Home Security System - Residents considering seasonal renovations may also wish to consider improvements to their home security plan, such as the addition or upgrade of:
  • Alarm systems
  • Solid core doors
  • Deadbolt locks
  • Security bars
  • Light timers

Break-ins can occur at any time in any area of the city.  By adhering to these safety tips or considering some of these security options, residential property crimes can be prevented. 

  • Put the Brakes on Thefts from Vehicles - Vehicle break-ins and or thefts can also be prevented by keeping a few simple tips in mind. In many instances, electronic items such as laptops or Global Positioning Systems (GPS) have been left in plain view within the vehicle.  The vehicles are then entered via an unsecure door or by smashing a window.   

    Please consider the following:

  • Park in well-lit areas and lock your vehicle at all times
  • Do not leave GPS devices or cords attached to windshields or dashboards
  • Do not leave laptops or other valuables inside your vehicle
  • When shopping, do not leave packages inside your car, instead place them in the trunk

If suspicious activity is observed in your community, please contact police immediately.
A wealth of related crime prevention is available through our website under the Crime Prevention tab at the top of the page. Click on Neighbourhood Safety for more information:


For further information contact either:
Constable Jason Michalyshen, Public Information Officer
Constable Eric Hofley, Public Information Officer

Phone: (204) 986-3061 | Fax: (204) 986-3267 | Email:

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